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#0743: The Andy Letter Meets The Informational Cascade

Original Air Date: 10.27.2007
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The Car Talk informational cascade, and the fabled "Andy Letter."

Call 1

Nolina (, New Mexico) - 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

An engine/heating/cooling question. Her car began running poorly, check engne light came on. Mechanic says coolant is leaking, engine is disintegrating, told her to put in Bars Stop Leak. Will that help? Can

Call 2

Ken Cooper (Emmett, Idaho) - Mazda Tribute

A brakes question. There's gurgling, rushing noise near his feet. Stops when he applies the brake pedal. Problem is in his power brake booster--hole in the diaphragm.

Call 3

Stefan Cohen (Rochester, New York) - 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

Inherited from Grandma. Winter commuting car--drives 1.5 miles back and forth each day. Only 65,000 miles, but body falling apart. Window motors shot, felt ceiling is falling on his head. Wife calls it the

Call 4

Shelley (, Washington) - 1999 Volvo V70

An electrical/seats question. There are three presets for different drivers. The seat keeps moving to a different setting while they are driving. Her husband freaked out, almost got into an accident. Ray says some microprocessor is probably faulty--if they don

Call 5

Jorge Sigala (El Paso, Texas) - 1998 Cadillac DeVille

An engine question. He hears a jet engine sound, when he accelerates, kind of like a humming. Noise slows down as he slows down. Ray says it could be a piece of trim humming in the wind, or a wheel bearing. Take it to a mechanic so they can isolate the noise.

Call 6

Heather Hosu (, Pennsylvania) - 2000 GMC Jimmy

Driving long distance, going up a hill, the car jerks, loses power, and won

Call 7

Bill LaSalla (Scituate, Massachusetts) - 1999 Chevrolet Lumina

He drives with only one hand on the steering wheel. Girlfriend complains that this is unsafe, slows your reaction time. Guys say she